ARLINGTON, Texas – Dan Bailey had kicked at least four field goals in only six career games, including twice last season, before Sunday's season opener with the retractable roof closed at AT&T Stadium.
He made all four attempts in the Cowboys' 20-19 loss to the New York Giants, and he was ready for a fifth try when time ran out on the offense at the 40-yard line.
The seven games of at least four field goals is a Cowboys record. Here's another: two of the four Sunday were from at least 50 yards (56, 54), making him the only kicker in Cowboys history with two field goals from at least 50 yards in multiple games. The first kick from 56 yards got pushed back from 46 after a 10-yard holding penalty on tight end Jason Witten.
Had the Cowboys preserved enough time for a potential game-winning field goal at the end of regulation, it would've been Bailey's longest attempt of the day.
Where does his range end in that situation?
"In those situations I think really any number is reasonable," he said. "I don't think anything's unreasonable. You're trying to win the game. It's my job to be ready whatever the yardage is.
"It's going to be a tough kick anywhere, even here inside. But in those situations I think you've got to at least give it a go if you can."